Melrose Abbey

Large swathes of this graceful abbey remain standing, making Melrose an atmospheric spot for a wedding.

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Due to access restrictions in place as a precautionary measure while we undertake high level masonry inspections, there is currently no visitor access to the abbey. Find out more about our conservation work.

Melrose Abbey is suitable for:

  • ceremonies
  • photography

Melrose Abbey was a place so beloved by Robert the Bruce that he chose it as the final resting place for his heart. Even as a ruin, this is a truly special place for a wedding ceremony. Large parts of the abbey’s graceful architecture dating from the 1300s remain standing – sweeping arches and charming sculpture work will preside over your big day by the River Tweed.

Presbytery (partially open air)

Capacity: 60 people seated + 40 standing, or 100 people standing

Marry amidst the romantic ruins of Melrose, in an area of the abbey that remains remarkably intact. The lavishly decorated stonework of the presbytery will frame you as you make your vows. You will be married under the ornate stone vaulted ceiling, with a backdrop of intricate window tracery, as guests watch from beneath open skies.

The Garth of the Cloister (open air)

Capacity: 100 people (standing)

Admire the fascinating sculpture on the exterior of the abbey from this large grassed area, just to the left of the presbytery. Views like these make for a very memorable outdoor wedding venue.


You can hire Melrose Abbey just for your wedding photographs, even if your ceremony will be held elsewhere.

Find out more about wedding photography or contact Melrose Abbey direct on 01896 822 562 for details.


Postcode: TD6 9LG

In Melrose, off the A7 or A68.

Types of ceremony

Religious and humanist wedding ceremonies. Civil ceremonies by agreement with registrar.

More information

Download the Melrose Abbey Wedding brochure [PDF, 353KB]

Find out more about Melrose Abbey 


Weddings Team
Historic Environment Scotland
Longmore House
Salisbury Place

Telephone: 0131 668 8973

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